- Common name = Dojo Loach, Weather Loach
- Scientific name = Misgurnus anguillicaudatus
- Origin = Southeast Asia (China, Japan, etc.)
- Adult Length (max) = 10 inches
- Lifespan = 9 + years
- Care Level (easy/beginner, hard, etc) = Coldwater intermediate
- Min Take Size (if a social species, suggested tank size for a group, plus min. gal per individual)
- Group Tank (recommended) = 30 gallons (The longer the better)
- Single Tank = 20 gallons (Once again, longer is better)
- Temp, pH, hardness, salinity = < 75 F, preferably in 50's-60's depending on season. Normal dechlorinated tap water is fine.
- Planting/Decor = Needs hiding places, and a group will occasionally take over a cave and stay in it together. Other than that, no special decorations needed.
- Substrate = Sandy or ROUNDED gravel
- Filtration/Aeration = Will tolerate low oxygen levels, although this doesn't mean it can be kept in stagnant water
- Diet = Dojos are omnivores, so feed them a variety of foods. Chances are, it will eat it.
- Compatibility w/other fish = Non-agressive coldwater tankmates. This species doesn't do very well in tropical
temperatures, and often have a shortened lifespan in warm tanks. Fish such as goldfish
(fancy and common) and non-agressive and medium sized native fish (with caution). Prefers to be kept in a group of at least 3-4.
- Dojos are notorious escape artists, so a good lid is needed.
- The experience level is for the dojo's size. They are extremely hardy, and many aquarists can't handel the large size and release them into the wild, and they become an invasive species. There are reports of them surviving in Canadian ponds.
Edited by SMFishBoy, 24 September 2008 - 07:43 PM.